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Headteacher’s Message – 10.11.17

Thank you to those of you who turned out for our parent workshop on Tuesday. Miss Golding and Miss Chilton led a session focused on supporting pupils in Early Years and KS1 with their learning in maths. For those of you with children in Key Stage Two, the maths workshop on December 5th will be specifically tailored to the KS2 curriculum, expectations and strategies. I would urge you to come if you can make it, as it promises to be really informative and will give you an insight into the curriculum that your children are currently working through.
The morning bell rings at 8.45am to signify the shutting of classroom doors with only five minutes remaining until the registers close. Pupils who arrive at the classroom door at this time will be allowed in until the register is closed. After the register has closed, pupils will be asked to go round to the school office and they will be marked in the register as late. Unfortunately, this late mark in the register is also recorded as an unauthorised absence, even if it is a matter of 5 minutes late so please ensure that your children make good use of our ‘soft start’ to the school day where they can go into their classrooms between 8.35 – 8.45am. We will now also ring a bell in the reception playground so that everyone is able to hear the signal.
Mrs Minaoui is on duty by the door to the KS2 playground every morning to see pupils into school and take any messages from parents that need to be passed on to staff. For safeguarding reasons and because of how busy the corridors and classrooms are at this time, parents are not able to enter the school building through this door unaccompanied and must therefore go round to the school office.
Next week is national Anti-Bullying Week, with this year’s theme being: All Different, All Equal. Throughout the week, there are activities and opportunities to empower our pupils to take individual and collective action to prevent bullying. On Tuesday, pupils will see a theatre performance about issues relating to cyberbullying which will reinforce key messages.
And finally, some exciting news to share! I am very happy to inform you that Miss Cutmore has given birth to a healthy baby girl. They are both doing well and we hope to see Miss Cutmore and baby Charlotte very soon.
Have a lovely weekend.

Sports News

Boys v Cunningham Hill
The boys produced their best half of football against Cunningham Hill this afternoon but unfortunately ran out of steam in the 2nd half to eventually go down 6-1, which didn’t reflect the game and performance. Tommy scored the goal.
Squad – Taye, George B, Freddie, Alfie, Tommy, Ollie, James, Isa & Jack.
 
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Girls v Cunningham Hill
The Year 5 and 6’s stepped out on the court to play their first game of the season. Although they were nervous they played like seasoned pro’s. Defence won many interceptions and closed down Cunningham Hill’s attack and denied them any opportunity to score. When the ball came out of defence into attack the girls worked hard to maintain possession of the ball which gave Sienna the opportunity to score one goal in the first and second half of the game giving the girls a 2-0 win.
Well played everyone, you all played incredibly well. Both Miss DiTella and Miss Brennan are excited for the season ahead.
Squad – Bianca, Darcie, Abbi, Emily, Kyeesha, Lilly, Sienna, Lucy and Lacey.
Girls v Aboyne Lodge
On Wednesday the Girls B hosted Aboyne Lodge and were unlucky to only draw 1-1 as they played to a high level once again. Jacey scored the goal in the 2nd half. Miss Brennan was very pleased with the performance and said that all the players worked hard and Darcie deserves a special mention.
Squad – Daisy, Anisa, Abbi, Jacey, Darcie, Bianca, Ava and Lucy
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Boys v Killigrew
On Thursday the Boys went to Killigrew hoping for an even better overall performance and that’s what happened. With a slight change in formation and also a change in listening, Bowmansgreen took the lead after 5 minutes as James got on the end of Tommy’s pass and neatly finished. Killigrew were restricted to long shots as Bowmansgreen defended with numbers and only giving Killigrew 1 real chance, which they took against the run of play. The whole squad performed magnificently and held shape and discipline as they were playing against a side who recently got to the County final and contained 3 District players.
Final score Killigrew 1-1 Bowmansgreen
Squad – Taye, Freddie, Alfie, Isa, Jack, Tommy, Ollie and James.
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Congratulations to Lily and Megan

On Sunday 5th November Lily and Megan passed their black belt in Tae Kwon Do. The exam was four hours long and they were examined on everything that they have learnt over the last four years. Prior to the exam they had to sit a theory test in which they had to know all the key Tae Kwon Do terms and translate them from English into Korean and vice versa.
A huge achievement for both girls. Well done!

Breakfast Club News from Mrs Stanley – 10.11.17

This week has been poppy week as every morning we have been making our giant poppy. All the children have been contributing to enable us to finish it ready for today. It looks lovely and everyone should be very proud of how wonderful it looks.
We hope you enjoyed the toffee apple green muffins for breakfast this morning; they were donated by Tesco as well as the berry smoothies.
Breakfast Club is £3 for the First Child/Adult then £2 for any other sibling. We open every day from 7.30am. The Friday movie next week will be “Despicable Me 3”. See you there!

3D Visit the Airbus Foundation Discovery Space

3D recently visited the Airbus Foundation Discovery Space in Stevenage.
The children had an amazing day at the foundation where they were able to learn about science, technology, engineering and maths by playing with the interactive exhibits; attending workshops and listening to a presentation about the search for life on Mars from one of the Airbus engineers.
They also got to see the viewing gallery where the European Space Agency’s ExoMars Rover robots are tested.
You can see the fun they had in the gallery of photographs below, click on the image below to view the gallery.
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Reception News from Ms Robbins – 10.11.17

This week
We have completed the second week of our new theme ‘Colour and Light’. We focused on ‘Day and Night’. We read the story ‘The Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell and talked about nocturnal animals. We made owls using pine cones, feathers and fluff and then wrote descriptive sentences about them using ‘wow words’. In maths we learnt about time…daytime, night-time, days of the week and months. We talked about the sequence of our morning routine using the song ‘Here we go round the Mulberry bush’ and then made our own little books about this.
Next week
We will be focusing on ‘multicolour’ using the story of ‘Elmer’ by David Mckee. We will be talking about all the jungle animals and making simple zigzag books about them. In maths we will be focusing on pattern and how the squares of Elmer’s patchwork ‘tessellate’. We will find out which shapes tessellate and which don’t. We will also start rehearsing for the Early Years Christmas play which is only 3 weeks away!!
Resources
For one of the activities we’ve planned next week the children will need a clean empty plastic milk bottle, large or small. If they could bring one in on Monday it would be very helpful.
Reminder
Please remember that Wednesday is our P.E. day and the children need their PE kits that day. We had a lot of children without kits this week.

HELP!

If you are having a clear out of old toys and making way for new Christmas toys please remember Reception! We welcome donations of old toys in good clean condition. We are particularly interested in:

  • Cars and emergency vehicles
  • Dolls buggies and dolls clothes
  • Construction equipment like Lego and Playmobil
  • Small Duplo/Lego people

FOBS Cinema Night – Friday 17th November

All children are invited to the cinema night – next Friday from 5.30 pm. Entry is £3.00 and includes popcorn and squash. Please drop off children at the Year 1 classrooms and collect at 7.30 pm from the Main Entrance. We have a choice of 3 films for children to choose from, which are either U or PG rated. We hope to see you there!

Headteacher’s Message – 03.11.17

Welcome back!
This half-term promises to be very busy with planning already under way for our Nativity and Christmas performances, our carol concert and Christingle service. Please check the ‘dates for your diary’ for events relating to your child.
Pupils have returned after the break with a very positive attitude to their learning and they are producing some exceptional work. I have been so impressed with the quality of poetry that I have read across the school this week. Bowmansgreen clearly has some very talented poets!
Forest School has arrived at Bowmansgreen! This week, pupils in 3S were the first to experience this new part of our curriculum. They spent the day learning and working together outside and had a fantastic day. I am very excited about this aspect of our school curriculum which will make the most of our wonderful school grounds and help to build pupils’ resilience, collaboration skills and self-esteem through hands-on outdoor learning experiences. Mrs Stanley will contact parents when it is the turn of your child and their wellies!
Today, pupils in Y1-Y6 were able to take part in the Big First Aid Lesson which was live-streamed to their classrooms. This interactive lesson, organised by St John’s Ambulance, was based on the theme of bonfire night and included safety tips and first-aid information associated with firework-related injuries as well as more general life-saving skills.
On Thursday, we were treated to a workshop led by students from the Purcell School for young musicians. Pupils were able to see and hear a selection of orchestral instruments being played, including a harp – which was very exciting! It was great to be able to welcome back the very talented musicians from Purcell and they certainly entertained and inspired your children.
Please be reminded that next Tuesday we are holding another parent workshop, this time with the theme of maths in the Early Years and Key Stage One. Parents who attend are asked to make their way straight to the mobile classrooms after the drop-off, where tea and coffee is available, rather than wait in the school lobby. It would be great to see as many of you there as possible.
Enjoy the fireworks and stay safe this weekend.